Zooey Deschanel: My Clothing Brands Don't Define Me (but My Bangs Kinda Do)

07/07/2014 at 08:00 AM ET

Zooey Deschanel may project a sweet-as-pie image in her A-line dresses and retro-glam bangs, but in her interview in the August issue of InStyle, she proves that she’s a little spicy, too. Case in point? She’s not afraid to call out other stars for fashion snobbery.

Zooey Deschanel InStyle CoverCourtesy InStyle


“I remember I was wearing a cute jacket, and I saw this well-known actress — who will remain nameless — with her stylist,” she shares. “They said, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cute, where did you get it?’ I told them, and it was not a fancy brand, and then they were like, ‘Oh…’. I just thought, Do you not like it anymore because of the brand? That’s so dumb. And you have just made yourself into a cartoon villain.”

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She, on the other hand, looks like a cartoon princess in the fashion line she designed, To Tommy From Zooey. It was born out of her longtime love of sewing clothes (she tailored her own prom dress) and designed to be something she’d actually wear. “There is an audience for more modest clothes,” she says.” I hate that fashion could be something that excludes people.”

Deschanel is also willing to discuss her signature fringe (“I do see the advantage of having something people can grab onto: ‘Hey, I know who that is! She has bangs!'”) but totally (and rightly) unwilling to go there on the subject of whether she’ll have kids. “When I was married, that was the first thing people wanted to know,” she says. “Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that … That’s not something that defines me at all.”

For lots more from the “fiery feminist,” including her skincare secrets and her stance on being “normal,” check out the August issue or InStyle.com, and tell us: What do you think of the cover? Have you checked out her clothing line?

–Alex Apatoff

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Mimymi on

Love her!

Jessica on

LOVE Zooey so much! I feel her. Snobby fashionistas get on my last nerve. It’s about expressing yourself and being creative, not about being an a$$hole.

Summer on

I remember catching a bit on Fashion Police when Kelly Osbourne made a comment about going to the mall for shoes. Guiliana Rancic called her out for “shopping at the mall”, as if it were the worst thing a person could do. Clearly Guiliana is far above us common folk.

Melinda on

Don’t get me started on Guiliana Rancic – eat a goddamn sandwich. She looks like an alien.

Jay on

Love her attitude … but does that cover look weirdly photoshopped?

Ale on

I love her and I love New Girl. She doesn’t look like herself in that cover though…

charlotte on

I think she is great. Seems to be down to earth.

chloe on

I love her but she looks weird on the cover, like jared leto.

Melisa on

its not Zoe, it is Jared leto

Tamarin on

I love her. Glad she calls out the snobbery.

Lexie on

Great girl and great response! Hope she stays as humble as she is now. Too many celebrities spending ridiculous amounts of money on just a shirt or jacket. So much could be done with more to help others in need.

rem on

Love her! Remember seeing her on a list of celebrities that lived way below their means.

Phibzy on

I still recall this witch i worked with about 15+ yrs back. She made about twice my salary. One day I had on new shoes and she said “Oh, I have the same ones! Are yours Cole Haan?” I wanted to slap her face! Then a “friend” asked me if my bag was Kate Spade – what’s with these people? I think it’s a matter of being secure in your own skin and being smart enough to know that you don’t have to spend $200 on shoes or a bag.

Tigs on

Love her so much in Elf.

Jen on

Women who don’t want to have children get so angry when people ask about it. Truth is, people ask men too. It sounds like she doesn’t want kids, better she just admit that then make the person asking the question feel bad. I like her in T.V/ movies, but she’s kind of snarky in real life. I’ve seen her be mean in interviews.

ac on

She is such a sell-0ut – cant stand her, sry.

vamanos on

She’s so cool and funny. “Cartoon villian.” Haha.

ellepop on

“There is an audience for more modest clothes,” she says.” I hate that fashion could be something that excludes people.” She is a role model. :)

Sharon LITTLE on

I saw her on a top chef masters,what an annoying pain in the butt she was.

QDPie109 on

I just find her delightful!!! Live her

Oli on

” I hate that fashion could be something that excludes people.” So, is Tommy Hilfigher going to have “plus size” clothes? (Which should be just called ‘size’)

Rick Cosmo on

she is special..especially with bangs

Heather on

Something is off with her on this cover, I don’t know if I am the only one who has noticed this. That aside, I love Zooey and I love New Girl and she’s overall amazing, someone young girls can look up too. I’m a few years younger than her and I admire her because she is grounded and awesome!

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